Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? (Gupta)

Crux Sola

SparksRecently, Zondervan published another volume in the Counterpoints Series, this time on the genre of Genesis 1-11, called Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?: The Bible’s Earliest Chapters. Charles Halton edited the book and the three essayists are as follows:

James K. Hoffmeier: History and Theology

Gordon J. Wenham: Proto-History

Kenton L. Sparks: Ancient Historiography

[Unfortunately all of the viewpoint titles are either misleading or unhelpfully ambiguous!]

The volume focuses on the interpretation, in particular, of three passages: the Nephilim (6:1-4), Noah (6:9-9:29), and the Tower of Babel (11:1-9). The central question is this: did the stories in Genesis really happen? (p. 156). Halton gives this thumbnail summary: “Hoffmeier says yes, Wenham says sort of, and Sparks says probably not” (p. 156). Despite the reflections of some very misguided blog reviews, this is not simply a matter of being “conservative” or  “liberal.” Sparks is lampooned by some bloggers for being…

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About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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